Andi's South Park Bungalow

Andi's South Park Bungalow

Melanie Gilbert
Oct 18, 2010

Name: Andi
Location: South Park — San Diego, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 6 — owned

Just as enticing on the inside as it is on the outside, Andi's home in the South Park area of San Diego, effortlessly embodies the spirit of the historic neighborhood where it sits. The small 1920's craftsman has been lovingly maintained and filled with flea market finds and treasured family heirlooms.

When I first walked into Andi's home as a guest, I could immediately feel it's warmth. I was enticed by the golden hues of the walls and linens — which set the perfect backdrop for her furnishings — and the collections of artfully arranged accessories. There isn't a single item in Andi's home that doesn't feel as though it has been collected over several generations. From the heirloom bed and original gas stove down to the tiniest vintage postcards and antique scales, the furnishings all blend seamlessly into a melange of vintage charm.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I would describe my style as "cottage chic".

Inspiration: My style evolved from the items and artwork I inherited from my grandparents. These hand-me-downs really give my home some original elements which are also personally meaningful.

Favorite Element: The CD cabinet! My extensive music collection takes up a lot of space, and in such a small house you really need to use every square inch you've got. I decided to demolish the fake fireplace, which was never functional, and replace it with shelves to match the original fireplace surround. The new shelves look like they were original to the house. My plan was to cover them up with little curtains, but I like the look of leaving them exposed.

Biggest Challenge: For years, I kept trying to lay out the my living room furniture parallel to the walls, but it just wasn't working. My designer friend from Denver came for a visit and joked that she'd have the layout figured out by the time I was done taking a shower. Not only did she have it figured out, but most of the furniture was already arranged! The main pieces are now at a 30 degree angle to the room. It creates a much more open feeling and orients the whole space to the TV corner which makes more sense for how I live day to day.

What Friends Say: They love how my small house feels so homey and welcoming. I think it's the combination of family mementos and personal collections that I have displayed.

Biggest Embarrassment: The missing floor tile that I cover up with Otis' dog bed!

Proudest DIY: The fence in the front yard that my friend Alex and I built together. I should say that he built it and I was his trusty assistant!

Biggest Indulgence: I was in love with the bird-cut armoire from Anthropologie. When I got a raise, I splurged. I think it's important to invest in a singular statement piece for an important room like the living room.

Best Advice: I don't have any advice that doesn't sound cliche. I suppose my best advice would be to display the things that are meaningful to you. Surround yourself with what you love.

Dream Sources: Rejuvenation, Parisian flea markets.

Resources of Note:


    • Living Room: Benjamin Moore, Cork
    • Kitchen: Benjamin Moore, Sag Harbor Grey, Monterey White
    • Bedroom: Benjamin Moore, Dill Pickle
    • Sunroom: Benjamin Moore, Grizzly Bear Brown
    • Outdoor: Benjamin Moore, Wythe Blue, Midsummer Night, Dorset Gold


    • Paintings: family heirlooms
    • Sconces: eBay
    • Postcard rack: Pottery Barn
    • Armoire: Anthropologie
    • Glass bird vase: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego


    Diane Gordon Design Denver, Colorado
    • Tile: Meredith Tile
    • Apron and wall hook: Anthropologie


    • Baby scale: eBay
    • Bed and Dresser: family heirlooms
    • Necklaces: Kaarl Meng/French General
    • Bedskirt: Ralph Lauren @ Macy's


    • Lace curtains: IKEA
    • Apothecary cubby: Pottery Barn
    • Wicker chair: IKEA

Thanks, Andi and Otis!

Images: Melanie Gilbert

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